April 17, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
When, in early 2011, people poured onto the streets of Arab cities to demand freedom, it was not for the first time. An earlier spate of revolutions swept the Arab world in the 1950s and 1960s. Those revolutions that had promised so much bequeathed the recent crop of Arab despots. Dawisha puts the recent Arab awakening into historical context, then traces the progress and fates so far of revolutions from Tunis to Damascus, examining the overthrow of tyrants in some cases and the more brutal repression in others.
April 15, 2013 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
The crisis in Syria drags on with consequences that are already reshaping the neighborhood. What is the future of the Assads and of Syria itself? And what are the implications of the Syrian crisis for Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Iran? Join us for a conversation with Naoum, one of the Middle East’s and Lebanon’s preeminent journalists and analysts for a regional tour d’horizon.
April 12, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Most articles and op-eds published recently on the recent Israeli election deal with the election results, the changing balance of power in Israel, and the diminishing support for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Peri presents an analysis of the deeper political changes, social trends, and cultural transformations that have long-term significance for Israeli society and politics. These include the emergence of a new, “fourth generation” of political leaders; the generational upheaval in the Israeli electorate; and the “religionization” of Israeli collective identity. Peri examines the implications of these trends for Israeli policies concerning the Middle East conflict.
April 11, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
New York Times national security correspondent and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Mark Mazzetti releases his new book on the CIA's shadow war.
April 10, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Ambassador Mahmoud Karem analyzes the challenges before the Egyptian revolution, discusses how to build consensus in a polarized environment, and lists a few policy objectives for Egypt and the United States.
March 29, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Laurie Brand discusses her paper on the effect of regional transitions on Arab foreign policy using Egypt and Jordan as case studies.
March 27, 2013 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
While there has been much research on the effect of valuable natural resource extraction on a state’s domestic development (e.g., the “resource curse”), Wilson Center Fellow Jeff Colgan focuses on how natural resource extraction affects foreign policy. In 'Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War,' Colgan finds that “petrostates” – countries where revenue from oil exports exceeds 10 percent of GDP – are twice as likely to engage in inter-state conflict than non-petrostates.
March 14, 2013 // 2:00pm — 2:30pm
Wilson Center experts answer media questions ahead of President Obama's first trip to Israel as President.
March 14, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Radwan Masmoudi, President of Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), discusses Tunisia’s democratic transition and perspectives for building a national consensus over the new constitution.
March 13, 2013 // 1:00pm — 4:30pm
Experts & Staff
- Haleh Esfandiari // Director, Middle East Program
- Kendra Heideman // Program Associate
- Julia Romano // Program Assistant
- Ismail Alexandrani // Visiting Arab Journalist
- Margot Badran // Senior Scholar
- Jason Brodsky // Policy Advisor to the Director, President and CEO and Research Associate
- Jeffrey Goldberg // Distinguished Fellow
- Roya Hakakian // Fellow
- Lilia Labidi // Fellow
- Aaron David Miller // Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar
- William Green Miller // Senior Scholar
- Amal Mudallali // Senior Scholar
- David Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Max Rodenbeck // Fellow
- Joseph Sassoon // Fellow
- Abdulkader Sinno // Fellow
- Samir Sumaida’ie // Public Policy Scholar
- Robert Worth // Public Policy Scholar
- Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar